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Commit/Commitment Part 3

I felt like the illustration I’d worked on following my research in Oliver Jeffers had gone fairly well.

So I then thought the next best thing would be work on honing and refining it.

It felt a little lost on a big white sketchbook background. So I cut the characters and the knot out of sketchbook and looked for a background to sit them on top of. I found some brown paper, and felt like I made a nice solid textured backdrop without detracting too much attention away from the characters.

Illustration in progress (before cutting out)

Illustration in progress
(before cutting out)

After cutting out from sketchbook

After cutting out from sketchbook

I thought this looked better than the initial version, much more together but still wasn’t happy.

I re-sized the image using GIMP (an online image editing  program like Photoshop). See the result below…

Tying the Knot Resized

I think these does look like the best refinement of the design. But I’m still not sure that I like the design. It just looks a little random!

We’re in real time now so the next posts I do will be reflecting as I go rather than retrospectively.

Commit/Commitment Part 2 – Artist research

I really admire an artist/illustrator called Oliver Jeffers. I’d been watching a few video’s on how he works, what inspires him on YouTube  I found this the most helpful in terms of showing his techniques and thought processes:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5KZu0X82l7k

I also came across this great interview/article about him online:

http://thegreatdiscontent.com/oliver-jeffers

What I most admire about his work is his ability to communicate about values without being too serious, his children’s picture books, are funny but with a message underneath.

Thinking about all this it seemed like it might be good to include something with illustrated characters (like Jeffer’s uses in his books) so I began working on some characters to incorporate in a postcard design.

I then thought I could try and incorporate an knot in a sort of story with the characters. I came up with the idea of three characters, two pulled either side of a rope to form a knot, and one narrating the scene. You can see the result in progress below:

Illustration in progress

Illustration in progress

 

Commit/Commitment Part 1- Research

When I first thought about a Postcard based on Commitment at the back of my mind I was thinking about Marriage, I think it’s probably the biggest thing you can commit yourself to in terms of human interaction.

I’m married, so it seemed like a pretty important part of myself to introduce! But what I discovered as I searched Google and Pinterest using the word ‘Commitment’ was either photographs of rings, of couples posing together, or motivational messages about running or exercise.

I began thinking about other phrases, ways to say ‘Commitment’ and remembered the saying that when people are getting married they’re “Tying the Knot”.

So I searched for images of Knots and ‘Tying the Knot’ within those search engines. I found a couple of Images I thought could be inspiring, mainly because they showed the shape of the knot/how they depicted the knot…

Knot Illustration

Knot Illustration

Lose Knot Wallpaper

Lose Knot Wallpaper

Cole & Son Knot Wallpaper

Cole & Son Knot Wallpaper

I then just tried to generate simple images by drawing knot shapes on a page, maybe adding the word Commitment at the bottom as a starting point for the postcard design.

Illustrated Knot

Illustrated Knot

I then considered having the phrase tying the knot written along the rope of the knot. But I didn’t really pursue this as I thought it looked quite simplistic/messy. You may be able to pick out the lettering in the image below, but it’s quite tricky as I drew over it. Perhaps it’s something I’ll explore a bit more later on.

Knot with Hidden Phrase

Knot with Hidden Phrase

I wasn’t feeling particularly inspired by what I was producing and began to do a little artist research to try and help me progress with design ideas. I’ll explain more in the next post…

 

 

 

 

Collaborate Part 3 – Choosing a background

I knew I wanted a background that had an element of Collaboration in it’s making so that the word Collaborate was reinforced by the image it sat on. I remembered that in my initial thoughts I’d mentioned a phrase about collaboration saying

“things are of greater value when others finger prints are on it”

So it occurred to me that I could create a background literally made from people dipping their fingers in inks pads and pressing them onto the paper around the lettering. So I got a couple of friends to lend me their fingers and help me print the background.

Here’s the first version whilst it was being made:

Background in the making

Background in the making

I’d chosen a dark blue, light blue and Gold ink for the image as I felt these would give a more subtle/complementary feel to the words, and would still have a sense of joy/fun. I think this has worked well, although on second thoughts a multicolored ink approach could also have worked well, given it more of an uplifted feel.

I then began to fill in the outline of the lettering and 3D edge with a black fine felt tip pen. See Below:

Collaborate with Black Outline

Collaborate with Black Outline

I found that I didn’t like the black pen outline, I think it looks much to dominant and dark. it doesn’t sit comfortably against the light/almost petal light backdrop, so I thought of a few other things to try:

Process page

Process page from Sketchbook

1. Getting friends kids to do the finger prints (for fun)

2. Taking photo’s of the finger printing process and using that to make the final image.

3. Changing the color of the font and using a more soft subtle medium – blue ink.

In the interests of time  and my limited photography skills I decided just to try the third idea, and it produced a final image that I’m happy to use as a postcard:

Final Image

Final Image

 

 

Collaborate Part 2

Inspired by the font made by Jon Calleja (see previous post), I began to work on a font for the word Collaborate.

I wanted to give the font a playful feel, so handwritten seemed best, to give that loose feel. I guess because I wanted to covey collaboration as a joyful, fun thing rather than intense or serious looking.

I started with a font that I made with all the letters connected, a continuous line drawing.

Continuous line font

Continuous line font

Looking at this it felt much too fragile and too lose to be visible against a background so I tried filling out the outline shape a bit more. But I still felt unhappy with the size of the letters so moved on to enlarge it again.

 

Wider continuous line fot

Wider continuous line font

Larger sized continuous line font

Larger sized continuous line font

After the third version of the font I began with I wasn’t happy with it, and realized it didn’t look much like the font which I’d hope to use as a reference (the one by Jon Calleja).

With that in mind I drew a new font, which sat much more centrally in the page, with a greater sense of cohesion/uniform across the letters. I took the idea of giving it a 3D feel by giving the letters a 3D edge. See below for the first version:

Central 3D Font

Central 3D Font

I was much happier with this font so felt able to move on to defining the font further using a fine black pen around the edges:

Central 3D font with Black Outline

Central 3D font with Black Outline

I then began to think about what background/context I wanted to sit the lettering in, more to come on that in part 3.